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Microsoft's "Sync" to be integrated into Ford models
When MTV pimps your ride, it will also come with security updates

As 2007 dawns on us, automaker Ford and software powerhouse Microsoft are expected to announce plans for Windows based, in-car computers.

Sync, the title of the new line of software, cannot yet drive our cars for us, but will help drivers with their computing in important ways.  Once the new Windows software is integrated into new Ford vehicles, cosumers will be able to utilize the handsfree cell phone capabilities, media downloads, automatic navigation updates and e-mail.

No comments have been made by Ford representatives, but Microsoft officials have acknowledged the joint announcement of the project.  The public can expect the announcements to be made during media days at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, beginning Jan. 7, and the Consumer Electronics Show which opens Jan. 6.

The Wall Street Journal released information stating that the technology will be available in two models of the 2007 Ford lineup.  It is expected to be available for all Ford models in 2008.  It is also said to be integrated into Lincoln and Mercury models in the future.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates, in a quote to The Detroit Free Press, said that to set apart car companies in the future, vehicles will have features such as HD screens, voice recognition, electronic calenders, cameras and navigation systems that include road and traffic conditions.  The upcoming Sync project will provide a platform to centralize and standardize all of those functions.


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Why?
By Hare on 12/31/2006 4:37:34 AM , Rating: 2
Why do we need another propriety device just for our cars when we could buy any Palm or PocketPC that would do the same and would also fit in our pockets during the day? Higher end navigators also include MP3/video-players and calenders etc.

This device seems somewhat pointless unless it could actually control the car (turn on the heating at 7:30am etc).




RE: Why?
By dead1ne on 12/31/2006 7:30:21 AM , Rating: 2
That would actually be something worth having but the rest is pretty pointless and a safety risk.


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